The Practice (PCK) of Teaching English (9886.3)
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| Bruce, Canberra
|Faculty Of Education
|Academic Program Area - Education
|Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
| Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Understand and apply key theoretical and pedagogical principles and skills needed to be an effective teacher of language and literacy;
2. Design and teach activities for language and literacy development, applying the content descriptions of the three interrelated national curriculum strands of Language, Literature and Literacy;
3. Demonstrate skills in exploring, designing, carrying out and evaluating teaching methods, and for assessing and promoting literacy development for children from different socio-cultural contexts and with different abilities; and
4. Demonstrate skills in communication, interpersonal and organisation skills.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
PrerequisitesStudents must have passed 24 credit points, including one of the following:
- 10178 Philosophies and Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education
- 10450 Ways of Knowing, Being and Doing in Education
- 12034 Being a Teacher
- 9919 The Educational Workplace
Students of undergraduate Primary ITE courses other than 326JA must also have passed 11765 Foundations of Pedagogy AND 9863 Core Literacy.
CorequisitesMust be enrolled in one of the following undergraduate Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses:
321JA Bachelor of Primary Education
322JA Bachelor of Primary Education (STeM)
323JA Bachelor of Primary Education (Creative Arts)
324JA Bachelor of Primary Education (Health and Physical Education)
326JA Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education
327JA Bachelor of Secondary Education/Bachelor of Arts
328JA Bachelor of Secondary Education/Bachelor of Science
330JA Bachelor of Secondary Education (Health and Physical Education)
347JA Bachelor of Secondary Education (Arts)
348JA Bachelor of Secondary Education (Science)
|Teaching start date
|05 February 2024
|Ms Kate Halcrow
The required text for this unit is listed below. The weekly readings are taken from this required text and are aligned to the weekly concept check assessments.
Flint, A., Kitson, E., Lowe, K. and Shaw, K. (2020). Literacy in Australia: Pedagogies for Engagement. 3rd ed. Australia: John Wiley & Sons Australia.
A recommended text for this unit is listed below. Please note this is not the required text but a suggested text should you wish to explore concepts further.
Winch, G., Johnston, R., March, P., Ljungdahl, L., & Holliday, M. (2014). Literacy: Reading, writing and children's literature (5th ed.). South Melbourne, Victoria: Oxford.
Additional reading materials will be provided on Canvas.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Approval of extenuating circumstances will be dependent upon the production of supporting documentation and at the discretion of the unit convener.
All assessment items required to be submitted online must be submitted via the appropriate Canvas drop box. It is the student's responsibility to upload the correct and corresponding draft or assessment item to the right submission section. Assignments must be submitted in a format accessible to the assessor(s), as stated on the relevant canvas site. If the unit convener and/or tutor are unable to access a submission, a standard late penalty of 5% of the total marks possible for the task may be applied per day until the assignment is made accessible.
Special assessment requirements
Normally, an aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the unit.
There is a 100% compulsory attendance requirement for this unit. All absences must be made up for to ensure successful completion of the unit requirements.
As part of the requirements of this unit, students are expected to develop lesson plans collaboratively as part of a teaching team of pre-service teachers.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Provision of valid documentation
Please note that the University takes student conduct very seriously. All documentation provided to University staff must be valid and the provision of fraudulent documentation carries with it potentially serious consequences, including suspension and/or exclusion from the University. Note that all allegations of student misconduct will be referred to the Associate Dean for Education (ADE) as a prescribed authority for investigation.
The University supported text-matching software is URKUND, which is now available to all units via Canvas.
A proposed breakdown of the workload for this 3 credit point unit is as follows:
Reading and private study: 50 hours
Workshop and online participation: 50 hours
Assessment tasks: 50 hours
Participation in ‘school based' tutorial classes is a compulsory condition of this unit, and attendance will be recorded. You must participate in 100% of the ‘school based' tutorial classes to pass this unit. In the event that you cannot attend your assigned session due to illness or extreme circumstances, you must provide appropriate documentation to the Unit Convener as soon as possible. In the case of sessions missed due to illness or extreme circumstances, both the academic content and the professional experience component are required to be made up. More than two documented absences may lead to failure of the unit due to non-completion.
*Note: This unit commences with weeks 1 on campus (see timetable for rooms) and weeks 2 to 8 will be school-based to meet accreditation requirements of 3.5 days professional experience
Required IT skills
Use of Canvas and basic word processing software (e.g. Microsoft Word) is required.
Purchase of text/s is the principal cost associated with this unit, as well as related resource costs for the teaching clinic sessions and assignment tasks.
Work placement, internships or practicums
This is a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) unit, and therefore additional student responsibilities are required in addition to those described in section 6. This unit involves Teaching Clinics and hence requires strict adherence to professional practice, principles and ethics. School, student, and/or research participant confidentiality must always be maintained, including for assessment items such as reports or essays etc. The professional nature of this unit also requires 100% attendance at all Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activities (lectures, tutorials, school-based sessions etc if scheduled – see section 3) for the successful completion of this unit (also see section 6c). If attendance requirements cannot be satisfied (e.g. timetable clash), it is recommended that you meet with your course adviser to re-schedule this unit for a future semester.
Due to the professional experience/ WIL nature of this unit, students are expected to wear appropriate clothing/shoes that reflects the status of being a teacher. Generally, as a guide this would be smart casual. Please note that some schools do not allow jeans, t-shirts or denim. If you are unsure please discuss this with the unit convener. Students are also required to ensure that their name badges are visible at all times while on school campus.
As this is a professional experience/WIL unit, students are required to undergo a Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) background check to undertake a placement for the unit. Students are responsible for arranging their own checks through the ACT Office of Regulatory Services.
The WWVP Act only applies to the ACT. For students undertaking placements in other states or territories, it may be that a Police Check or a Working with Children Check is required.
HIGH PRIORITY: STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AN APPLICATION FOR A WWVP BACKGROUND CHECK. The application can be accessed at:
IT IS A REQUIREMENT THAT STUDENTS DISPLAY THEIR WWVP CARD WHEN ATTENDING ALL SCHOOL-BASED SESSIONS. THEREFORE, OBTAINING A WWVP CARD IS ESSENTIAL FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS UNIT.
This unit involves a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement to encourage students' practical development of key pedagogical and attitudinal skills essential for teaching within the 21st-century classroom. By working with young students and alongside practising teachers within a school setting, this unit supports students to develop key pedagogical knowledge, content knowledge and knowledge of students and how they learn. Furthermore, by engaging in collaborative teaching and planning each week, students will practise and develop important relationship skills to prepare them for future work within school-based teaching teams. Additionally, this unit will explore essential learning theories specific to the teaching of the Australian Curriculum: English. These theories will underpin students' developing pedagogical approaches to instructing English literacy, language and literature.